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08 July 11:22 am
 
Columbus Monthly has released its annual “Best of Columbus” issue, and Crew SC has been recognized.
 
The editors have selected us for “Best New Attitude” featured in the City Life category. Here's what they said:
 
The Columbus Crew SC’s new look has jump-started the team and the city alike. “We wanted to continue to be original, authentically Columbus and energetic,” says Andy Loughnane, president of business operations. “We wanted to be unapologetically a soccer club. [The redesigned badge] honors our heritage and identifies the city we’re proud to call home and recognizes our supporter culture,” and the striking new black and gold are “unmistakably Columbus—a mark of civic pride.” Columbus Crew SC has also improved the fan experience, making Hot Chicken Takeover, Jeni’s and local beers available at MAPFRE Stadium. But, most importantly, the new attitude is reflected in the team’s playing. “We’re playing a really competitive, fun and interesting brand of soccer on the pitch,” Loughnane says.
 
The Black & Gold currently sit in second place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. With six home wins through the first half of the regular season, MAPFRE Stadium has been a fortress thanks to our supporters. With our new look having been inspired by the city and the people of Columbus, it’s an honor to receive this award.
 
In addition to the "Best New Attitude" award, Columbus Monthly’s "Readers' Picks" also featured their favorite players. Wil Trapp took home the “Best Crew SC Player” honor, followed by Federico Higuaín and Justin Meram. 
09 June 1:40 pm

Columbus Crew SC will face LA Galaxy for the 40th time in franchise history on Saturday, when the Black & Gold host the current MLS Cup Champions at MAPFRE Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Crew SC holds a slim 16-14-9 advantage in the all-time series and aims to improve that record as it pursues its playoff push. Over the years, the series has created some special moments. We wanted to share five of our favorites.

Aug. 28, 1996 – Welcome to Columbus!

Prior to this matchup, the two clubs split their first two meetings of the League’s inaugural season, both of which took place in Southern California. When LA made its way to Columbus for the first time, the club ran into a red-hot Black & Gold group that had ripped off five consecutive wins... and the streak didn’t end there.

Crew SC tacked on goals at both ends of the match with a ninth-minute score by Paul Caligiuri and a 72nd-minute goal courtesy of Brian McBride. Robert Warzycha assisted on both goals. Los Angeles only mustered up four on-target shots, all of which were handled by goalkeeper Pat Harrington to spur Crew SC to the 2-0 win. The Black & Gold went on to extend their winning streak to eight matches.

Oct. 24, 2002 – Black & Gold clinch U.S. Open Cup title

The Galaxy had won their first MLS Cup in club history just three days prior to meeting Columbus for the U.S. Open Cup final. The match was a tightly-contested and physical one, as the two sides combined for 34 fouls and Crew SC’s Chad McCarty was sent off in the 83rd minute after picking up his second yellow.

LA held a 19-10 advantage in shots, but Freddy García, who did not register a goal during MLS play, put Crew SC up 1-0 in the 30th minute. The score would remain that way for the duration of the match to send Crew SC to its first U.S. Open Cup title.

April 2, 2005 – Crew SC opens its season with a bang

Three goals on eight shots is an impressive ratio, if you ask us. Crew SC wasted no time hopping onto the score sheet when Edson Buddle redirected a Manny Lagos cross into the back of the net in the eighth minute. Buddle secured a brace in the 47th, just seven minutes prior to Ante Razov scoring goal No. 3 of the evening.

Los Angeles held advantages in shots (14-8) and corners (6-2), but only three shots required goalkeeper Jon Busch’s attention in this 3-0 shutout.

June 23, 2007 – 10 men, no problem

This match was bonkers, complete with loads of scoring opportunities, two failed penalty kicks and one ejected Ezra Hendrickson. The Vincentian international, that’s Saint Vincent and the Grenadines if you were unaware, was issued a red card after an aggressive challenge on LA defender Ian Russell in the 29th minute.

Chad Marshall and Ned Grabavoy scored the match’s first two goals to put Crew SC up 2-0 by the 58th minute. The final half an hour saw three more goals, including a stoppage-time goal from former Crew SC forward Edson Buddle. Peter Vagenas came close to equalizing three minutes later, but thanks to a diving save by Williams Hesmer Crew SC would hang on for the 3-2 win.

Aug. 16, 2014 – Big crowd, big win

A sell-out crowd of 20,729 in Columbus witnessed one of Crew SC’s most prolific offensive performances of 2014. Four different players scored each of the club’s four goals in Crew SC’s 4-1 rout of the Galaxy.

The Black & Gold scored their goals in bunches. Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay scored just 10 minutes apart from one another in the first half (23’ and 33’), while Ben Speas and Giancarlo González followed suit with goals just nine minutes apart (75’ and 84’).

This Saturday’s match will be LA's first trip back to Columbus since the lopsided loss, and we would love to see you there. Click here to get your tickets... they are going fast.

28 May 4:39 pm
Brian McBride fights off San Jose's defensive efforts in 1996.

 
We’re going on a road trip this weekend to face first-year club, Orlando City. Although we’re over a thousand miles away from central Florida and sit two spots ahead of the Lions in the Eastern Conference standings, our clubs share common ground. We can relate to experiencing recent changes and our beginnings are congruent.
 
Established as the first MLS Club in 1994, we kicked off our inaugural season less than two years later against D.C. United. At Ohio Stadium, Brian McBride scored a brace to lead our club to a 4-0 victory.
 
That same year, USA Today voted our club’s supporters the “best fans in the League.” Not long after, the first soccer-specific stadium in MLS was constructed.
 
Today, supporters fill the stands at MAPFRE Stadium to cheer on our beloved team built on a pioneering vision mixed with tradition.
 
Launching an MLS team takes time and devotion—a feat our next opponent has recently conquered.
 
After Phil Rawlins moved the Austin Aztex organization in 2010 and proved central Florida’s market could support Major League Soccer, Flávio Augusto da Silva, invested in the club and became majority owner.
 
Orlando City Soccer Club developed the blueprint for a new stadium downtown, and a few years later, ideas became a reality. Commencing its inaugural season with a record of 3-5-4, we compare the Lions to our club’s first 12 games.
 
The records may look different, but notice that four of our losses were results of shootouts. Had today’s League rules been consistent with those in 1996, we would’ve had the exact same record.
 
The 21st MLS franchise will host the League’s first franchise for the first time in history this Saturday.

 

       CREW SC

1996: 3-9 (4 Losses in Shoot Outs)

 

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

4/13

D.C.

W

4-0

4/20

TAMPA BAY

L

2-1

4/27

at New York

W

2-0

5/2

at Kansas City

L

6-4

5/5

at Dallas

L (SO)

1-0 (3-1)

5/11

NEW ENGLAND

W

3-2

5/15

at D.C.

L

5-2

5/19

COLORADO

L

4-2

5/26

at Los Angeles

L

3-2

6/1

at San Jose

L (SO)

3-2 (2-1)

6/8

KANSAS CITY

L (SO)

4-3 (4-1)

6/19

COLORADO

L (SO)

3-2 (4-1)

 

       ORLANDO CITY SC

2015: 3-5-4

 

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

3/8

NEW YORK CITY

D

1-1

3/13

at Houston

W

1-0

3/21

VANCOUVER

L

1-0

3/28

at Montreal

D

2-2

4/3

D.C.

L

1-0

4/12

at Portland

W

2-0

4/18

at Columbus

L

3-0

4/26

TORONTO

L

2-0

5/8

NEW ENGLAND

D

2-2

5/13

at D.C.

L

2-1

5/17

LOS ANGELES

W

4-0

5/24

at San Jose

D

1-1

 

Mutual opponents: 

New York: CCSC 1-0, OCSC 0-0-1

D.C. (twice): CCSC 1-1, OCSC 0-2

New England: CCSC 1-0, OCSC 0-1

Los Angeles: CCSC 1-0, OCSC 1-0

San Jose: CCSC 0-1, OCSC 0-0-1

 

Mutual opponents records: CCSC: 4-2, OCSC 1-3-2

 

Goals for and goals against totals:

CCSC: 27 GF, 33 GA

OCSC: 14 GF, 15 GA

14 June 10:34 am

No matter where you may be in the world, chances are you'll be able to watch the Crew's match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The game will be available in over 100 countries worldwide. For local listings, check the list below.

Al Jazeera (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)
Arena Sport (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)
Astro Supersport (Malaysia, Brunei)
Benfica TV (Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique)
Canal + (France)
C More (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)
Cyta (Cyprus)
GSP TV (Romania)
Nex- Media (Indonesia)
Orange (Poland)
Prisa TV (Spain)
PPTV (China)
Rightster (Clips WorldWide)
SCTV/VCTV (Vietnam)
Setanta Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho,  Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)
Skynet (Myanmar)
Sport Klub (Hungary)
Šport TV (Slovenia)
Sportdigital.tv (Germany, Austria)
TEN Sports (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

26 April 11:13 am

22 April 4:09 pm

Crew Brand Ambassador, Frankie Hejduk, kicked off the Anti-Bullying Walk/Run at New Albany Schools for the Kick-Off to Peace Week.

  

09 April 10:42 am

Jared Montz, former MLS player and founder of OnlineSoccerAcademy.com, visited Columbus for his series “Soccer Walking America.” The 45-day, 15-city video series tour promotes World Malaria Day and hits every MLS city in the U.S.

Check out his visit to Crew Stadium and club training as he juggles with Black & Gold players Dominic Oduro, Ben Speas, Konrad Warzycha and Wil Trapp.

For more information on Soccer Walking America click here.